Partner and Head Knowledge Lawyer Nina O'Sullivan spoke on a panel discussion hosted by UCL on the Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Act 2023 (REULA), which received Royal Assent in June 2023 and largely entered into force on 1 January 2024. While original plans for a post-Brexit ‘bonfire of EU laws’ were abandoned, the new Act still abolishes certain now-familiar principles of EU law and introduces provisions intended to make it easier for UK courts to depart from retained EU case law (now re-branded as ‘assimilated law’). While many thousands of pieces of legislation have been saved from the end of year bonfire, the Government clearly sees REULA as the catalyst for future regulatory departure from EU laws.
The Panel was chaired by The Rt Hon. Sir Richard Arnold, Lord Justice of Appeal, and Nina was joined on the panel by Dr Ruth Fox, Director of the Hansard Society, Professor Phillip Johnson, University of Cardiff, Barrister, Appointed Person and His Honour Judge James Tindal, Specialist Civil Circuit Judge, Birmingham CJC to discuss the key provisions in REULA, highlighting its potential implications for the main IP rights, and reviewing the main opportunities for law reform in this area.
Watch the recording of the event here.
Recording: Are you Ready for REULA? The Conscious Uncoupling of UK and EU Intellectual Property Law | UCL Faculty of Laws - UCL – University College London